Somerset Women cricket team

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Somerset Women
Somerset women cricketers.jpg
Captain: Steph Davies
Coach: Lucy Allison
Founded: Unknown
First recorded match: 1961
Home ground: Various
mainly North Perrott CC Ground

The Somerset Women's cricket team is the women's representative cricket team for the English ceremonial county of Somerset. Having twice finished as Women's County Championship Division Two Champions—in 2004 and 2005—and once as Division Two runners-up—in 2008—they currently play in Division One.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • County Championship: Division Two Champions (2) – 2004, 2005
  • County Championship: Division Two Runners-up (1) – 2008

History[edit]

The first match that is recorded as being played by 'Somerset Women' was contesting in 1961, when the Somerset side hosted the Women's Cricket Association (WCA) at the British Cellophane Ground in Bridgwater. The WCA were at the time the women's equivalent of the MCC. The one-day, single-innings match was drawn with the WCA 1 run behind the total set by Somerset, with two wickets remaining.[2] After this match there are no more recorded until Somerset's entrance into the Women's County Championship in 2000. In previous years, the teams competing in the Women's County Championship had not corresponded directly with the men's counties sides, with East Midlands and Thames Valley among the teams that represented areas covering two or more counties. For the 2000 season, these teams no longer competed, being replaced instead with specific county sides. West of England women (sometimes just West women) became Somerset women. For their first season under their new guise, Somerset competed in Division Two of the championship, finishing third (out of six).[3]

Steph Davies directing the field as captain in 2010

Having done so in the 2000 season, Kath Wilkins continued as Somerset captain in 2001, when the club once again finished third in Division Two. Hannah Lloyd took over the captaincy for 2002, a season which saw Somerset drop to fourth in Division Two, where they remained in 2003. The following season saw an upturn in the club's fortunes, as they finished top of Division Two, winning four of their five matches.[4] The Australian, Jenny Wallace, finished with the competition's highest batting average, 121.00, making a highest-score of 93*,[5] as she shared a partnership of 155 with her captain, Lloyd, in a 47 run victory over Middlesex.[6] In addition to her part in that partnership, Lloyd had a successful season with the ball, taking 11 wickets in the competition, second only to Berkshire's Heather Booth.[7] Due to a reshuffle of the divisions, Somerset remained in a four-team Division Two for 2005, and once again finished as champions.[8] Somerset finished fourth of four in their first season in Division One during 2006, seeing them move straight back down to Division Two the following season. After a third-placed finish in 2007, Somerset finished as runners-up in 2008, enough to see them move into a newly expanded Division One for 2009.

With a young squad for 2009, the county targeted stability under new captain Steph Davies, settling for remaining in the top division. The bowlers performed consistently well throughout the season, although Anya Shrubsole suffered an injury which saw her miss much of the season. In contrast, the batting was troubled, with late partnerships frequently saving Somerset from trouble.[9] A pair of wins early in the season against Surrey and Berkshire helped the county to secure their target, eventually finishing in fourth, behind Kent, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.[10]

Current squad[edit]

Based on appearances in the 2010 season. Players in bold have international caps.

Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Steph Davies England (1987-10-21) 21 October 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium pace Club captain
Elwyn Campbell Australia (1977-01-26) 26 January 1977 (age 37) Right-handed
Moira Comfort England (1985-09-20) 20 September 1985 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
Beth Howe England (1989-04-24) 24 April 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium pace Wicket-keeper
Jackie Hawker England (1981-02-21) 21 February 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
Sophie Le Marchand England (1988-10-02) 2 October 1988 (age 25) Right-handed Wicket-keeper
Sophie Luff England (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
Kate Randall England (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm off break
Emily Robinson England (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Wicket-keeper
Anya Shrubsole England (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
Lauren Shrubsole England (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Charlie Voden England (1992-07-13) 13 July 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm off break Wicket-keeper
Izzy Westbury Netherlands (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm off break
Frances Wilson England (1991-11-07) 7 November 1991 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm off break
Jenny Withers England Unknown Right-handed Right arm leg break

Noted players[edit]

Inclusion is granted to any Somerset player who has been the club's official captain or made international appearances.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LV Women's County Championship 2010 Points Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Somerset Women v Women's Cricket Association". CricketArchive. 1961-07-29. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Women's County Championship 2000 Division Two Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Frizzell Women's County Championship 2004 Points Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Batting and Fielding in Frizzell Women's County Championship 2004 (Ordered by Average)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Middlesex Women v Somerset Women". CricketArchive. 2004-07-25. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Bowling in Frizzell Women's County Championship 2004 (Ordered by Wickets)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Frizzell Women's County Championship 2005 Division Two Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  9. ^ Wyatt, Julian, "Somerset Women's Report 2009", in Walsh, Richard, Somerset County Cricket Club Yearbook 2009/10, Somerset County Cricket Club, p. 188 
  10. ^ "LV Women's County Championship 2009 Division One Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-15.